Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 7, 2016 - Science - 256 pages
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"An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." —Jedediah Purdy, New Republic

In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" (Stephen Greenblatt), Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed—such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others—Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" (Oliver Sacks).

 

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Incredibly depressing but a very worthy must-read. Highlights included the list of natural history ecosystems worth saving and visiting. Weakness: The last chapter, an odd discourse on biotech and artificial intelligence. Read full review

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User Review  - DLMorrese - LibraryThing

Human activity is causing extinctions and rapid change to ecosystems. We all knew that already. What may be a revelation to some readers is how little we truly understand about what it is we are doing ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
The Problem
THE WORLD ENDS TWICE
HUMANITY NEEDS A BIOSPHERE
HOW MUCH BIODIVERSITY SURVIVES TODAY?
AN ELEGY FOR THE RHINOS
APOCALYPSES
ARE WE AS GODS?
LAND SEA AND
THE MOST DANGEROUS WORLDVIEW
The Solution
RESTORATION
HOW TO SAVE THE BIOSPHERE
WHAT MUST BE DONE
Glossary
Acknowledgments

WHY EXTINCTION IS ACCELERATING

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Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including Half-Earth, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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